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Democracy Now! Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Published October 16, 2012


Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Obama and Romney Head to New York for 2nd Presidential Debate
Report: U.S. to Help Build Elite Anti-Militia Force in Libya
Brahimi Calls for Holiday Ceasefire in Syria; Turkey Hosts 100,000 Syrian Refugees
EU Announces New Sanctions on Iran Despite Warnings over Civilian Toll
U.S. and Israel to Launch Largest-Ever Joint Air Defense Drill
Judge Bars Torture Discussion from 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo
Thousands Protest Austerity Budget in Portugal
Report: U.S. Businessman Launches Risky Geoengineering Venture in Pacific Ocean
NOAA: September Tied for World’s Warmest September on Record
ACLU Sues Morgan Stanley over Predatory Loans Sold to African Americans
Cuba Loosens Travel Restrictions for Citizens
Soup Kitchen Head Slams Paul Ryan for Staged Photo Op
Video Shows Brutal Police Beating at Jewish Center in New York

Secret Debate Contract Reveals Obama and Romney Campaigns Exclude Third Parties, Control Questions


As President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney prepare for their second debate tonight at Hofstra University on Long Island, we speak with George Farah, author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates." The debate will feature questions from the audience that have been pre-selected by moderator Candy Crowley of CNN — a detail revealed when Time magazine published the contract secretly negotiated by the Obama and Romney campaigns and the Commission on Presidential Debates. [includes rush transcript]
Glenn Greenwald: Presidential Debates Highlight "Faux Objectivity" of Mainstream Journalists


"The issue is not what separates Romney and Obama, but how much they agree. This hidden consensus has to be exposed," writes Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald about the presidential debates as he criticizes the recent performances of the debate moderators. Greenwald also criticizes the exclusion of third-party candidates. "Only by excluding those candidates and having the two parties focus on the tiny differences that they have ... can this mythology be maintained that we have massive and real choice in this country," Greenwald says. We also speak to George Farah, author of "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates." [includes rush transcript]
Chilean Student Movement Awarded for Organizing Nation’s Largest Protests Since Pinochet Era


Today we look at the Chilean students’ movement, which led last year’s massive citizen democracy movement — the largest protests since the days of opposition marches to General Augusto Pinochet a generation ago. For more than a year, the movement has rallied hundreds of thousands in the streets of Santiago and other major cities to demand greater access to affordable university education, as well as deeper structural changes in Chile. The country has the highest per capita income in the region, but also one of the most unequal distributions of wealth. We are joined in our studio by two of Chile’s most recognizable student protest leaders: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman. They are in the United States, in part, to receive the 2012 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, which is given by the Institute for Policy Studies. It is named for the Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Karpen Moffitt, who were murdered in Washington by agents of the U.S.-backed Pinochet regime in September 1976. [includes rush transcript]


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